What Should I Expect During the Surgery?
For children, otoplasty is usually performed using general anesthesia, but IV sedation with local anesthesia is typically sufficient for adults. The surgery takes around two hours on average. After anesthesia has been administered, the surgeon will make tiny incisions in the ears. Next, they will carefully make the necessary adjustments to improve the appearance of the ears per the patient’s treatment plan. Once they’re finished, the doctor will close the incisions to complete the procedure.
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
It typically takes adults one to two weeks to return to work and normal activities after undergoing otoplasty. There is likely to be some bruising, swelling, and redness around the ears, but these symptoms should subside within a few weeks. Any activities that could be a blow to the ear, like contact sports, should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Young children who undergo otoplasty should wear a protective headband for the first three weeks after the surgery. It’s also important that they refrain from touching their ears during recovery.